I was waffling between a 4 and a 5 on this one, but after letting the short stories and novella sink in a little bit, I lean more towards the 5.
Mostly following the downtrodden and oppressed in slightly surreal near-future dystopias, these unrelated and well-written stories pack a lot into them. Hardly uplifting, but laced with subtle humor, the stories offer characters that we can relate to on one level or another, and ideas that promote further thinking.
I really enjoyed this collection, the second of Saunders that I've read, and they were both good enough that I put him on my favorite authors list. I'm looking forward to reading more.